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DUI penalties are harsh, so get legal help if you are accused

In the past few weeks, we have written a number of blog posts that highlight some areas of drunk driving and the enforcement of DUI laws that may make you scratch your head, or at the very least realize that the defendant in these cases isn't always the criminal monster that they are often portrayed as.

Commercial drivers are at risk of DUIs too

When you hear anyone talk about drunk driving or DUIs, usually you think about everyday citizens who have a little too much to drink and then make the unfortunate decision to get behind the wheel of a car. What you rarely think about is a person performing his or her job, such as truck driving, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Assistant director of MN lottery arrested for DUI

One of the top administrators of the Minnesota State Lottery was arrested for driving under the influence recently. The woman was allegedly driving under the influence when she crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car, resulting in serious injuries for the 73-year-old in the other vehicle. The woman is still employed by the Minnesota State Lottery.

DWI arrests in one Minnesota County increased

One Minnesota County reported a dramatic uptick in the number of DWI cases during the past year. In fact, the number of arrests in one city in the county last year could possibly exceed all DWI arrests that occurred from 2001 until 2010. There has been a gradual increase in the number of arrests since 2010 in that city in any case.

Circumstantial evidence in DWI/DUI cases

In out-of-state court recently ruled that use of circumstantial evidence, including observations of an arresting officer, was permissible in proving the driver’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. Apparently the officer concluded the driver in this case was intoxicated based upon observations of her eyes, the supposedly strong odor of alcohol, and difficulties she had in completing field sobriety tests.

Controversy over blood draws in DUI cases continues

Despite a United States Supreme Court ruling, disputes over the introduction of blood evidence in DUI cases continue. One appellate court recently held a trial judge erred in suppression of blood evidence. The appellate court case involved a driver charged in a February 2012 accident involving the death of another person. Charges against the driver included aggravated battery, involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs.

Drunk driver makes big decision, calls police on himself

What would you think if someone was intoxicated while behind the wheel, and that person realized the error in his or her ways -- and then promptly stopped the car and called the police to inform them of the illegal act that he or she had committed? You would probably think that such a thing would never happen in real life, right?

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